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Beth Shriever once again took to the podium at the weekend in the 2021 UCI BMX World Championships. Just weeks after her Olympic gold, she is now Olympic and World Champion. Hosted in Papendal in the Netherlands she took home the rainbow jersey.
An amazing achievement considering she needed to crowdfund her way to Tokyo. Following the 2016 Olympics in Rio, a decision was made by UK sport to only fund male riders. However, British Cycling stepped up and created a funding support package for women. It was thanks to the funding from British Cycling, money from crowdfunding, and support from other sources that allowed her to make it to Tokyo.
The British Cycling press release reads:
Shriever flaunted the form that saw her win gold at the Tokyo Olympics, winning all three of her motos before easing through the knockout rounds in the elite women’s event, then rounding off her day with a comprehensive win in a stacked final.
It’s pretty hard to believe at the moment. I’ve been riding consistently all day – I just wanted to go out there and have a good time, just like I did in Tokyo.
I went in gate eight and I was relaxed and happy. I said to my coach Marcus that I was going to do a Niek Kimmann and see what happens, and gate eight lived up to its name. Another gold medal, I can’t believe it!Beth Shriever
The result tops off what has been a fantastic month for Beth, who put her name in the history books in July with a gold medal-winning performance in Tokyo to become Britain’s first-ever Olympic medallist alongside teammate, Kye Whyte.
GB BMX Team
In the men’s event, Quillan Isidore, Ross Cullen and Paddy Sharrock showed all of their promise in the elite men’s motos, before bowing out in the 1/8 finals. Junior rider Emily Hutt made it through the motos after a series of competitive runs. However, her world championships ended in the semi-final.
It was a similar story of early strong performances for the junior men, with Matthew Gilston, Oliver Cope and Chad Hartwell easing through their respective moto rounds. Teammates Mackenzie Rennison and Callum Russell just missed out on qualification.
That good form continued in the quarter-finals for Matthew Gilston, who booked his spot in the semis after a third-place finish – but in a heat marred with crashes did not finish his race.
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